A numerical simulation of short fiber orientation in compression molding

Suresh G. Advani, Charles L. Tucker

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A computer simulation has been developed to predict the orientation of fibers in a thin, flat part that is compression molded from sheet molding compound. The simulation combines a finite element/control volume simulation of the mold filling flow, a second order tensor representation of the fiber orientation state and a finite element calculation for the transient orientation problem. Sample results and comparison with experiments are presented. Predictions compare favorably with experiments on SMC (sheet molding compound) plaques and a model suspension of nylon fibers and silicon oil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-173
Number of pages10
JournalPolymer Composites
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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